By Associated Press - Sunday, October 18, 2020

OZARK, Ala. (AP) - A jailed Alabama man awaiting trial in the killing and dismembering of his 58-year-old mother was accused of attacking a corrections officer and a fellow inmate with a homemade weapon, according to authorities.

The Dale County Jail correctional officer was leaving a cell block Saturday afternoon when the inmate, Chad Brogdon, 37, used an improvised sharp object to injure the officer, Dale County Chief Deputy Mason Bynum said.

Brogdon was accused of repeatedly striking the officer, who was able to free himself and isolate the inmate back inside the cell block, Bynum said.

The inmate then also assaulted a fellow prisoner, officials said. That inmate was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not described. The correctional officer was also treated at a hospital and released.

Brogdon was charged with two counts of attempted murder in the Saturday attacks, in addition to a murder charge in the slaying of his mother, Penny Newton.

Newton’s remains were found in a burned car on a highway near the Choctawatchee River last year, news outlets have reported.

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